• The Facebook page of Roopbaan magazine, a LGTB rights publication, is seen on the screen of a cell phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, April 28, 2016. The killing of two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital has driven the country's already secretive and small gay community underground, wondering if they can trust a government that considers their status to be criminal, rights groups said. (AP Photo)

    New killings in Bangladesh leave LGBT community full of fear

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The killing of two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital has driven the country’s already secretive and small gay community underground, wondering if they can trust a government that considers their status to be criminal, rights groups said.

  • State backs athletes who could miss Rio due to power failure

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Olympic ambitions of two Indian sprinters are in jeopardy after a power failure at a weekend qualifying event prevented electronic timing, and their hand-timed performances — good enough to make the team for Rio de Janeiro — do not count.

  • This April 10, 2016 photo shows trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp, Nepal. The cone-shaped Pumo Ri peak (23,495 feet (7,161 meters) is seen in the background. A trek to Everest Base Camp along mountain paths that hug deep gorges offers renewal and a test of mental and physical limits. Along the way there are sore knees and altitude sickness, but the spectacular landscapes, friendly villagers and moments of tranquility make the journey an unforgettable experience. (AP Photo/Karin Laub)

    On trek to Everest, a chance to push boundaries, find peace

    EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal (AP) — We reach Everest Base Camp on a sunny but chilly afternoon, after an eight-day trek that stretched our physical and mental limits.

  • In this Monday, April 25, 2016 photo, a Pakistani policeman stands guard outside the 300-year-old gurdwara or place of worship for Pakistan's Sikh minority, in Peshawar. While Sikhs celebrated the opening of their gurdwara, its neighbors all of whom are Muslim told The Associated Press that they either didn't want them there or were worried that an attack by militants was certain to happen. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Pakistani Sikhs open temple after 73 years, risking attacks

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An armed policeman stood guard outside the 300-year-old Sikh temple, known as a gurdwara, in northwest Pakistan. He kept a watchful eye on everyone who passed him on the narrow street, looking for a suspicious gesture, or a bulge beneath the clothes that hints at a hidden gun or a bomb.

  • In this Jan. 17, 2016 photo, an Indian woman chants Buddhist prayers in New Delhi, India. Chanting Buddhist mantras is catching on among India’s urban elite as a way to relieve stress. Most are Hindu, but they don’t see a conflict between their religious beliefs and the chanting, which some find soothing, others invigorating. The practice seems to be growing mostly by word of mouth, with practitioners chanting daily and getting together for monthly chanting sessions in various locations. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    Indians take to Buddhist chanting to alleviate urban stress

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The bank executive, the book publisher and the social worker had one thing in common: Their hectic lives in the crowded Indian capital had become so chaotic and stressful, they’ve turned to chanting Buddhist mantras in search of calm.

  • Bangladeshi Muslims carry the body of Xulhaz Mannan who was stabbed to death by unidentified assailants for his funeral in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The banned group Ansar-al Islam, the Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida on the Indian subcontinent, has claimed responsibility for the killings of gay rights activist Mannan and his friend in the capital, Dhaka. (AP Photo)

    Bangladesh vows justice in killing of gay activist, friend

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister’s insistence just hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.

  • Bangladeshi people gather outside a building where two people were found stabbed to death in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, April 25, 2016. Police in Bangladesh say unidentified assailants have stabbed two men to death, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development.(AP Photo/A.M.Ahad)

    2 men including USAID employee killed in Bangladesh

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh’s capital Monday night, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, police said, in the latest in a series of attacks targeting atheists, moderates and foreigners.

  • Pakistan police say Sikh lawmaker killed by political rival

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities have arrested an al-Qaida financier who has been on a U.N. sanctions list since 2012, police said Monday.

  • In this April 29, 2015 file photo, an aerial view of the city is seen from a helicopter in Kathmandu, Nepal. A year after a set of devastating earthquakes plunged Nepal into chaos and economic decline, one question remains on everyone’s mind: what if it happens again? Scientists have been warning Nepal and other Himalayan countries for years that quake risks in the region are high. But while citizens are preparing for the worst by building sturdier homes and stockpiling emergency supplies, experts say officials still have a long way to go in preparing for possible, if not probable, disaster.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

    Nepal has done little to protect itself from next ‘big one’

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Last year’s massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people, yet could have been much deadlier. It was spared not by disaster preparedness, but by the calendar.

  • FILE- In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, Indian business tycoon and owner of Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya gets into his car outside the Parliament in New Delhi, India.  India has revoked the passport of the flamboyant Indian businessman Mallya accused of fleeing to London in March while owing more than a billion dollars to Indian banks. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said Sunday, April 24, 2016 that the decision to revoke Mallya's passport was taken considering the evidence gathered by India's Enforcement Directorate, which has been investigating the tycoon's massive debts. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, file)

    India revokes passport of tycoon who owes a billion dollars

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Sunday revoked the passport of a flamboyant Indian businessman accused of fleeing to London in March while owing more than a billion dollars to Indian banks.